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The votes are in: Top 10 best-ever British cars

A unique Jaguar race car takes to the road. Photo: David Jones/PA Archive

A list of the best-ever British cars has been released with an iconic vehicle topping the poll.

The survey, which was carried out by Autocar, named Lotus as the most popular manufacturer, with seven of its models making the 100 best British cars list.

Jaguar and Ford also did well in the survey with both having six cars in the top 100, including the Jaguar D-type and the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.

James Bond's favourite vehicle, the Aston Martin DB5, made the list, with the manufacturer having five vehicles in the top 100.

Here is Autocar's top 10 British cars:

  • 10. Ford Escort Mexico
  • 9. TVR Griffith
  • 8. Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5. Credit: J.W.Alker/DPA
  • 7. Jaguar XJ220
A 1992 Jaguar XJ220 Supercar is driven in a parade in London. Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA Archive
  • 6. McLaren P1
McLaren P1 pictured during a motorshow in Geneva last year. Credit: Bertrand Gilles/ABACA
  • 5. Yamaha Motiv.E
  • 4. Range Rover
A Range Rover pictured during the Geneva International Motorshow. Credit: Petr Mlch/Czech News Agency
  • 3. Jaguar E-type
A line up of E-type Jaguars on show. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive
  • 2. McLaren F1
A woman takes a photograph of a McLaren F1. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive
  • 1. Original Mini
Three original 1960's mini coopers in London. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

The Mini was created by Sir Alec Issigonis and achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s being dubbed the first "classless car".

The vehicle was also successfully revived in 2003 by BMW, who produced a larger and more-powerful version of its predecessor.

It comes as little surprise that the original Mini has topped the list of all-time British greats.

It's such an iconic vehicle and represents a lot more than the British car industry; the Mini is associated with Great Britain around the world and, in many ways, it was ahead of its time.

– Autocar brand editor Chas Hallett